Brancolini Grimaldi announces two new special edition photography books by leading British photographers released in time for Christmas: Blackout by Dan Holdsworth and A City in the Mind by Peter Fraser. Both books, published by Steidl BG, come with a limited edition print presented in a beautiful box making them perfect Christmas gifts for photography enthusiasts.
Dan Holdsworth’s Blackout, focuses on Iceland’s southern landscape, a place dominated by glaciers permeated with so much basalt-black dust and grit as to be dark, not light. In this harsh, vast landscape where tectonic plates rip the earth’s surface violently apart and volcanic ash and glaciers collide, the detritus of the past is literally frozen into the present. These glaciers are, however, rapidly melting away, an event which acts as a powerful quantifier of the environmental conditions of our time. Inspired by the 1965 New York blackout, this series sees Holdsworth execute a double inversion, making black glaciers white to craft an alter-reality within the negative frame.
Beautifully illustrated with 33 full colour plates, Blackout includes After Utopia an essay by science writer and author Oliver Morton. The special edition comes with a limited edition c-type print, Blackout 8, (35 x 29cm) and is available in an edition of 30, priced at £960.
In A City in the Mind, Peter Fraser has created a new photographic portrait of London. The project takes its inspiration from Italo Calvino’s novel Invisible Cities in which the explorer Marco Polo tells the Emperor Kublai Khan of the many fantastical cities he has visited on his travels. However, Marco Polo and the Emperor don’t speak the same language so the explorer uses objects from the cities to help tell their story. Similarly Fraser’s enigmatic photographs of London can be read as portals to another world, openings onto stories and histories, even other civilizations. Under Fraser’s forensic gaze, London is transformed into a mysterious and enigmatic city that resists easy interpretation.
A City in the Mind features 50 stunningly beautiful colour plates and an essay, Shadow Waltz, by leading arts curator and photography writer Brian Dillon. This special edition book comes with a choice of three c-type limited edition prints (33 x 47cm) available in an edition of 20 and priced at £960.
Both special edition books are available from Brancolini Grimaldi